So, a small dilemma....
I have a short that I'd like to make, and it involves a kid finding his name carved into an old tree. Obviously since the tree I'm looking for is going to be unique, I highly doubt the land owners would like me to carve a name into it and possibly harm the tree. So what do I do?
I was thinking I can likely shoot the tree as normal, and then for the close ups (where the actor runs their finger across it) have the name carved into a tree that's been cut down, or a "stunt" tree somewhere.
But I wonder how it would look to have the carving added in digitally. I'd imagine like with everything in filmmaking, you really do get what you pay for...and our budget for this work is likely fairly small.
Anyone have some advice for me that I perhaps have not thought of?